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How Are The Logs Prepared?

Full-scribe log joinery techniques are among the oldest forms of log building methods and makes a solid construction that will remain stable for generations.

What Is Log Peeling And Why Is It Necessary?

Peeling is a very labour intensive process that can be half the time of the total build. Removing the bark and underlying cambium (sap) layer from the wood prevents insect attack and the development of mould.

After felling and cutting to the required length, logs are prepared by hand by first striping back the bark. Construction then begins. The logs are then placed on top of one another, a tight seal is maintained between logs by hand scribing the profile of each lower log onto the log above, cutting a profile and groove that locks the logs into position.

Can Log Built Homes Help With Noise Reduction?

Log structures offer many benefits – one being the reduction of noise pollution. The density of a solid log wood wall significantly reduces sound transmission, whilst the profile of the log deflects sound.

What Is The Difference Between A Hand Crafted Log Cabin And A Machined Cabin?

A hand crafted log cabin still uses a natural log. The only change is that it has undergone the removal of the outer bark. This gives a uniqueness that a machined log simply cannot match. You will typically find that the handcrafted log cabin has a larger diameter and length than a machined cabin which is beneficial in thermal performance and fire resistance values.

Once Completed Will I Have To Treat The Wood On My Cabin?

Your cabin, if left untreated will naturally turn grey, this is the effect of the ultra violet rays that will break down a woods finish, the more pigment a wood has the better it will resist UVA rays.

A darker wood will maintain its colour for longer. You can apply linseed oil, which is the traditional method. Here at Canada Wood we use Cutek, a treatment that is specially formulated to resist fungus and mould, it is also designed to penetrate deeply, providing water repellancy. This treatment also gives you the option of choosing the colour you wish your cabin to maintain, as you may prefer the natural greying, or may wish to stain the wood completely, there are various colours to choose from.

What Is Meant By The Term Settling; And How Will This Affect My Build?

Settling describes the loss of log wall height over time. Normally 90% of this settling will occur in the first two years, and will be completely finished by the end of year five after completion of the build.

We allow for this by using a technique called over-scribing, which will ensure the log walls remain weather tight and allow for shrinkage and the compression of the building.

What Are The Energy Saving Benefits Of Log Construction?

Thermal mass refers to the log walls capacity to absorb, store and slowly release heat over time. Logs have thermal mass because of their cellular structure, bulk and thickness. This thermal mass provides significant energy saving benefits because it releases heat back into the house when temperatures drop.

Because of this Thermal mass, fully scribed log homes in most situations are 20-30% more energy efficient in terms of heating and cooling than other builds. They will stay cool in the summer and warm throughout the winter.